Stranger Studies

I recently published a narrative version of my ITP Strangers class on the Atlantic Magazine blog. Here’s an excerpt.

“This is a class on urban culture. My fundamental premise is that strangers and cities are inherently intertwined. The everyday nature of interacting with strangers is a byproduct of urbanization, which has created a culture of dense populations with sparse interconnections. That density and sparseness of connections itself is part of what defines ‘the urban.’ Living in cities has made strangers into a multitude: we brush past thousands of them every day. Even the simplest exchange among strangers can contain a tangled accumulation of meanings: what transpires may have physical, emotional, social, political, technological and historical dimensions. I show students how to unravel and understand these charged moments.”

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3 Responses to “Stranger Studies”


  1. 1 David Gray September 21, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Thanks, Kio
    Once again, you make me a rich man.


  1. 1 Die Welt ist gar nicht so. ยป Linkschleuder (15) Trackback on September 24, 2010 at 7:19 am

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